Barcelona midfielder Miralem Pjanic said that after their Champions League humiliation, the La Liga giants want vengeance this season.
In the Champions League quarter-finals, an 8-2 embarrassment against Bayern Munich culminated a forgettable and trophy-less 2019-20 campaign for Barca.
Bitter rivals Real Madrid in La Liga have dethroned Barca, leading the troubled Catalan powerhouse to fire head coach Quique Setien and appoint Ronald Koeman.
Superstar captain and six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi also handed in a transfer request before opting to remain at Camp Nou.
Recruit Pjanic told Sport, now preparing for Sunday’s season opener against Villarreal,” This team wants to take revenge for what happened in Lisbon and prove that it was a massive accident. We intend to go step by step: to start the league, which is not going to be easy. And in the Champions League, to win the cup, there would be five or six contestants.”
A new season will begin in the season itself, beginning in March, with the Champions League knockout stages and the decisive stretch of the league championship; that’s where we have to be at full throttle.
“These players have already won the respect of the football community and I don’t think they have to prove anything to anybody. But in football there are mistakes, and I don’t think there is a Barca player who doesn’t want to demonstrate that 8-2 was just that, an accident.
“I do not doubt that. I talked with some of them and they didn’t lose an ounce of faith in themselves. It wasn’t easy for anyone last year, but I’m sure that we’re going to have a good season this year because we have good players.”
“In today’s game, nothing is simple. We know that Barca is experiencing changes, the newcomers will need some time to adapt, but we will succeed.”